Oven Canning Crackers for Long Term Storage (video)

Warning: I’m told this may be both unsafe and dangerous. Attempt at your own risk! See comments below.

I’ve never tried to can crackers for long term storage but if you don’t have kids who consume all snack foods as soon as you buy them, then this may be a good idea. I think I’ll give it a shot soon just for grins.

I did notice that at the end she used the vacuum foodsaver to remove excess oxygen from the jars after she cooked them in the over; I’m wondering if it wouldn’t have been better to remove the oxygen first and then cook them in the oven? I really don’t know the answer to that one.

You can skip roughly the first half of the video as that’s mostly just her adding crackers to the jars…

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Posted in Water / Food

Cooking With The “Solar Death Ray”

If you’ve been following my blog for years now you may remember when I used to post about my sun oven cooking experiments… I miss those days. 🙂 Sadly, all of the large trees around my house tend to block out most of the sunshine and so my lack of willingness to work around that problem has caused me to find other uses for my time.

Fortunately, other folks carry the torch so-to-speak. Today, Wranglerstar does so and he does it with flare using the . I found it funny that his kid calls it a “Solar Death Ray” about twenty seconds in which I thought may seem to be a great way to describe this type of solar cooker to a young boy, lol. Henceforth is shall be named the “Solar Death Ray.”

Since it’s a huge parabolic solar mirror you could, of course, use this for more than just cooking. It could be a great way to start tinder for a fire, perhaps as a signaling device, to extend or amplify a light source, and much more.

Most of the video is of assembly

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DIY EMP Proof Generator (link)

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Basically, this idea consists of two parts: protect your sensitive charging equipment (inverter, charge controller) and get an old truck which is less susceptible to an EMP blast. Here’s the first part of the post:

“If you’re like me and seriously concerned about the threat of an Electro Magnetic Pulse attack taking out your ability to generate enough electricity to:

Charge Radios
Keep Weapon Optics Running (with rechargeable AA’s)
Power Perimeter Security Equipment
Run Small Refrigerators
Keep the lights on at night
Or run ANY key piece of electronic equipment…
Then check out this video on how to build your own EMP Proof Generator for a post “EMP attacked” society…”

Read the full article here

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8 Effective Steps To Get More Prepared For SHTF Today

This is a guest post by John Lewis of Epic Wilderness. He’s got a lot of good things going on over there, you should check it out today.


Prepping for the next SHTF situation can be quite costly if you are aiming to purchase the most sophisticated gear to keep you alive. In actual fact, I believe that knowledge is a much more sophisticated “tool” than gear because having sufficient knowledge can be the reason for your survival.

If you get into debt just for prepping I would advise you to rethink your strategy now! It is not likely that an economic downturn will happen and all the banks in the world will go haywire. [Editor’s note: I have to disagree, this is completely possible.] Although that is possible, you do not want to take the risk of going bankrupt and cause a SHTF situation in your own life.

In my opinion, it would be great to know some of the more frequent disasters in your area and start preparing for them. This is because you have to start

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Cold Steel Walking Sticks (video)

Chris reviews three Cold Steel walking sticks: The Axe Head Cane, the Steven Seagal Ten Shin, and the Irish Blackthorn Walking Staff. You can get details about these walking sticks from the ColdSteel.com and purchase them at KnifeCenter.com for a reasonable price.

Why bother with one? Besides being an actual walking stick, they’re potentially useful for self defense, harvesting, climbing, and crossing streams to name a few ideas he mentions in the wilderness.

Skip to about the 2:00 mark to get to the reviews; the Axe Head Cane is first, then the Ten Shin at about the 9:55 mark, and finally the Blackthorn at 14:00. He really prefers the Axe Head Cane…

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How to Treat and Prevent Cholera (video)

Cholera is no joke, hasn’t been eradicated whatsoever, and WILL rear its ugly head post-SHTF. You had better know how to properly treat it should the need arise! In this video, ThePatriotNurse discusses what you can do and suggests you purchase antibiotics for your “sick fish” from here (use Aquarium6 discount code to save $10) as part of the treatment plan.

Beyond proper treatment it’s about prevention, specifically, ensuring you have clean water. To do so she recommends the (and I second that recommendation) here’s what she has to say about it…

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Posted in Hygiene / Sanitation, Medical / First Aid

A Better Mousetrap? The Kness Ketch All (video)

In my opinion, the only good mouse is a dead one but if for some reason you want to catch and release or don’t want to use poison then perhaps the is the way to go? The video said the cost is around $30 but I found it on Amazon for about half that price.

The following video suggests the Ketch All mousetrap is a good buy, particularly if you only have a few mice to deal with and/or may not be around regularly to properly deal with them.

That said, I did notice the first Amazon review I read stated that for a large mouse problem then this isn’t the solution: “…We had so many mice that after six mice are trapped, the spring unwinds and the door stays open so that all the mice get out. I finally had to use snap traps to thin them out. It will catch from 1 to 4 mice and keep them in, but if you have a real mouse plague, this trap is not the answer.”

Other reviews suggested it works but didn’t always keep the little rodents alive due to various injuries while

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Posted in Hygiene / Sanitation

Perfect Fire Starting Tinder: Pencil Sharpener Shavings (video)

Like he says, go buy one of those large pencil sharpeners from your nearest hardware store (the ones used to sharpen carpenter’s pencils), pop the end off, and you’re ready to make perfect fire starting tinder!

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Pack Hack: Tent Stake Stove (video)

Good way to reduce stove weight and size in your packs for hiking or bug out…

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Neat to See This at Home Depot


I was at a Home Depot recently in mid-Missouri while visiting my folks and as I walked into the front door I immediately noticed this TwisterPod storm shelter by Survive-A-Storm Shelters:

As I was intrigued I took a closer look:

Sadly, there isn’t anything inside to get excited about. Just two seats on either side of the shelter and that’s it. The brochure says you can fit four inside and, yes, you could but it would be a tight fit!

Made from 3/16″ cold rolled steel, I’d imagine this shelter could take a bit of a beating and keep you safe inside. The shelter is likely small enough to be mounted in the corner of a garage or other inconspicuous place.

At a cost of almost $3,700, however, it feels a tad expensive for the amenities provided, lol. The good news is that the price includes free delivery and installation, neither of which I would want to tackle myself.

It took me a moment to notice their other shelter which happened to be sitting right next to the above shelter

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Posted in Defense / Security / Safety